Hazelnuts were once relegated to the dessert table and classified as a “forbidden” food or an occasional snacking indulgence.
Fortunately, new research shows hazelnuts are antioxidant powerhouses that should be a mainstay in your healthy diet. In fact, serving for serving, they top blueberries by more than 30% in their ability to neutralize age-promoting free radicals.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=9,645
Selecting and Storing Hazelnuts
If choosing hazelnuts in the shell, look for shells that are full and heavy. Shelled hazelnuts should have skins that are tight and nuts that are plump. Store shelled hazelnuts at room temperature, away from humidity and heat. Shelled hazelnuts may be kept in the refrigerator or freezer for up to four months. Unshelled hazelnuts may be stored in a dry, cool place for up to one month.